The cultures of the many nationalities represented in Cayman are the focus of Dress for Culture Day on Feb. 27, a campaign to raise $50,000 for youth programs on island.
Sponsored by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, the fundraiser encourages participants from schools, businesses, or just individually, to be innovative in their choice of native costume and to make a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students.
This year, CNCF is adding a cultural costume competition to its Red Sky at Night Festival on the grounds of the Harquail Cultural Centre on Feb. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m.
“Dress for Culture Day promotes and recognizes the vibrant cultures that coexist in the Cayman Islands,” said Lorna Bush, CNCF’s cultural heritage programs specialist. She said the money raised by the community will help support the Foundation’s youth arts programs, such as Summer Arts camp, Young at Arts and Young Image Makers.
“The goal for this year is to raise $50,000 and I believe that is very achievable.”
Ms. Bush said, “Dress for Culture Day attempts to show how [our] culture has changed, but at the same time fulfill a mandate to preserve and highlight the Caymanian traditions.”